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post #11 of 22 Old 09-26-2018, 08:42 PM
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From the online dictionary:

a mixture of dark bituminous pitch with sand or gravel, used for surfacing roads, flooring, roofing, etc.

The ratio of sand/gravel is a variable, even the type of gravel is a variable, depending upon which part of the country/or which country you live in. So all asphalt is not created equal. This also explains the widely varied mileage on a set of the same tires in various parts of the country.

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Fresh pavement has always seemed grippy to me. Until this year, when for whatever reason(s) it causes pucker.

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Generally speaking, the newer the pavement. . .

the higher the coefficient of friction.
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post #14 of 22 Old 09-27-2018, 11:43 AM
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But a newly paved road does feel goooooood. My experience is one of more consistency and better grip. Yours may be different. Start easy and work up.
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post #15 of 22 Old 01-11-2019, 03:45 PM
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Depends on how much bite the pavement gives to the tires.

Some newly paved roads are as smooth as glass and cannot be pushed, especially since the oil hasn't washed away.
Some newly paved roads are rather rough and the tires can bite into the edges of the rocks.

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post #16 of 22 Old 01-11-2019, 04:19 PM
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As others have mentioned, it really depends on the asphalt mix. If it's done right, my experience is that fresh pavement, even un-weathered, is quite grippy enough.

But if the mix is screwed up, with too much asphalt, the surface can be very shiny and slippery. This shouldn't happen if inspectors are paying attention, because it's not the proper paving job that the municipality/province/state/whatever is paying for. I had a friend who ran (was the operator for) an asphalt plant. Quite different mixes for different purposes. They had a special mix they used for race tracks, actually.
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post #17 of 22 Old 01-11-2019, 07:21 PM
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Watch out on Turkish paved roads! They look good, but if they're hot, (or wet).....

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post #18 of 22 Old 01-11-2019, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Babbitt View Post
My favorite twisty bit of road was just repaved. The beautiful smooth pavement looks inviting but I can't get past the thought that it is now slippery.

So what is the collective wisdom?

Fresh pavement slippery or not?
Thank you for asking this. I used to think that fresh was the best, but in the past 18 months I started to see the oilyness rather than the grippyness.

I like the answers that encourage both you and me to speed up!
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post #19 of 22 Old 01-11-2019, 10:26 PM
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I was on a freshly paved section of of #20 between Colville and Tiger. It was raining. I could easily spin the rear tire, in 5th gear, with my ST1300. No explanation other than a lot of oil, from the new layer, must have floated to the surface. Spooky.

So, my 2 careful if it is wet.
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Fresh pavement is oily. But there is fresh crushed stone poking through. On one route through the mountains to Vanvouver last summer the right half of the lane was an oily mess for weeks. Stop and have a look at your tires, if they are picking up oil, ride like they are brand new tires you are scuffing in.

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